NDC and protesting parties burn tyres in Tamale over new voters’ register Featured

By By Hamza Lansah Lolly, Tamale January 13, 2020 609 33 comments

The main opposition National Democratic Congress and other minority parties took to the streets of Tamale on Saturday, burning car tyres in the process, to register their displeasure at the Electoral Commission’s decision to compile a new voters’ register ahead of the December general elections.

The other parties were the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Convention People’s Party (CPP), EGLE Party, All Progressives’ Party (APC) and Great Consolidated Population Party (GCPP). Some leaders of the People’s National Convention (PNC) were also present.

The protesters chanted anti-government and anti-EC songs, wielding placards with slogans such as “Jean Mensa, your days are numbered”, “Mr President, why GHC443 million?” and “Ghana needs a new president not a new register”.

The demonstration was led the NDC national chairman, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, PNC national chairman Bernard Mornah, and the founder of the APC, Hassan Ayariga.

Other people who joined the demonstration were the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu; Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini, MP for Tamale North; the NDC’s national communications director, Sammy Gyamfi; and the general secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah.

No compromise

Addressing demonstrators at the Tamale Jubilee Park, Haruna Iddrisu said the NDC will not accept a new register for the December elections.

“We don’t want any new voters’ register. We want what made President Akufo-Addo win the 2016 elections, the register that was used for the referendum and the district-level elections,” he declared.

Mr Iddrisu described the EC’s decision to compile the new voters’ register as a deliberate attempt to misappropriate funds. As such, the Tamale South MP admonished Ghanaians to stand up against the compilation of a new register.

More to come

Mr Asiedu Nketiah said the Tamale demonstration is the beginning of “a series of more resistance against the Electoral Commission”, saying the protesting parties want the EC to reason with them.

“All along, when Jean Mensa brought this idea of a new register, we have reasoned out with her. She said that she is trying to save costs. We want to prove to her that the register that we have now, we have left with only one million people to register.

“You want to throw that one away and go begin registering about 17 million. We want to prove to her that it is far, far cheaper to register one million people than 17 million people, yet she is adamant,” he said.

The PNC national chairman, Bernard Mornah, praised staff of the Ghana Police Service for their professionalism, and for providing excellent security for the demonstrators.

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